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Patrick Haybittle - NZL 308 - Day 1 of the RS:X Youth Worlds Civitacecchia Italy.

After several days training with the Hong Kong, Polish then Israel teams and getting used to the location and conditions, Patrick has started the regatta. Day one had good winds, and, as you can see from the picture of Pat off the pin end of the start line , big swell. Pat is over 6 foot tall, standing on a board, and I can't see him!! He says there are a lot of very good, very strong sailors. I asked what he though he would need to do to improve his sailing there, he said "bigger muscles". Better have another couple of weetbix mate!

Xanthe Bowater heading for the RS:X Open Youth World Championships in Italy

Most of you are unaware, but I am currently sitting in Singapore airport once again. This time on my way to Civitavecchia, Italy for the RS:X Open Youth World Championships.

I have been drowning in homework since I arrived home from my last trip overseas in August, hence why I have been so slack with contacting everyone!

Natalia Kosinska wins medal race and gets silver at 2013 Semaine Olympique Franciase Regatta -

The sole New Zealand representative to compete at 2013 Semaine Olympique Franciase Regatta for Olympic class sailors in La Rochelle, France has come away with a silver medal.

Kiwi RS:X windsurfer Natalia Kosinska won today’s medal race to pass France’s Eugenie Ricard and stand on the second step of the podium at the final 2013 EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup regatta which has just wrapped up at La Rochelle.

Patrick Haybittle NZL 308 - Sailathon report

What an inspiring sail with Olympic Windsurfer JP Tobin today! I sailed at the fastest pace I’ve ever done on an RS:X. At one stage I was using all my strength and skills to stop my board tail walking in a 30 knot gust. We covered 42km and visited10 clubs on our sailathon. Very exciting sailing. After a delayed start due to light airs. JP and I started our trip from Torbay and headed off downwind in about 15 knots. As we sailed south the wind continually built and by the time we rounded north head it was a solid 20, gusting 30 knot easterly.

Young New Zealand Windsurfers bring home Gold for the Worlds women race and a set of great results for the Europeans

Great results were brought home by six teens who attended the Worlds, Europeans and Baltic Cup. The Gold Cup for the Worlds was won by Xanthe Bowater and both boys and girls were well placed in their classes.
Windsurfing is growing as a popular option for young New Zealand sailors, and New Zealand sent a group of teenagers to the European race circuit over their summer to race RS:Xs and Technos against the worlds best young talent.

Xanthe and Fenella report on windsurfing progress and successes in Sopot, Poland

Hello again! So..! A lot has happened since our last email, we are now in Sopot, Poland - the venue for the Techno 293 World Champs. We arrived here on Thursday after our journey through Italy, with a stop to sail on Lake Garda, then up the Austrian Alps (photo attached), through the Czech Republic and all the way to the top of Poland. Quite the adventure!

More from Xanthe and Fenella's big adventure in Europe!

Hello Everyone,
Its been four days since we left Brest after finishing our European Championships, sorry for the lateness of this email.
The event was fun for both of us and we learnt a lot. Even though we were both disappointed with our results we now know the areas of our sailing that we need to work on in order for us to do well in our next events.

Natalia Kosinska finishes in 5th at Windsurfing RS:X European Champs

Kiwi windsurfer Natalia Kosinska has missed out on a podium finish at the 2013 RS:X Womens’ European Championships just concluded at Brest, France ending the six day regatta in 5th place.

Leading at times and sailing with great consistency Kosinska will be bitterly disappointed not to convert her great results to a medal.

Natalia Kosinska shares the lead at windsurfing RS:X Europeans

Natalia Kosinska is shaping up for a career highlight result at the 2013 RS:X European Championship now lying 2nd overall, but sharing equal points with the leader going into the final day of the regatta at Brest, France.

The kiwi windsurfer relinquished the eight point lead she held at the outset of day five to France’s Charline Picon who won both races sailed today catching Kosinska on the points table. Kosinska was 6th and then 13th today and along with Picon, is six points clear of Mayaan Davidovich of Israel in 3rd.

Kosinska takes the lead at the Windsurfing RS:X Women’s European Champs

New Zealand board sailor Natalia Kosinska has taken the lead at the RS:X Women’s Open European Championships being raced at Brest, France.
Video: Natalia Kosinska after day four http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6gD2cfQJdU&feature=youtu.be

It was a long day for all with the gold fleets not hitting the water until 7pm when the offshore breeze finally built enough for racing. “I had a good day, it was a long day, and we waited from 11 o’clock in the morning until 7pm.”

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